Sometime around the first of each year, I get stingy. Maybe it’s the fact that I overspent on Christmas gifts for my family, which seems to be a personal weakness of mine. Or maybe it’s that I subconsciously make a New Year’s resolution to be more thoughtful in my purchases. That means I plan to not get excited about every new trend that I’m sure will make my life easier and more enjoyable and therefore give in to my uncontrollable urge to buy it!

So, in my quest to be more frugal with money and at least make my purchases a “bargain”, I researched the best times of the year to buy just about anything. You know a bargain is not a bargain if you don’t need it. My husband always gets worried when I tell him how much money I saved on something! Of course, not purchasing something saves you even more!

If you actually plan purchases you need, there is little reason to purchase anything unless it’s on sale. Sales are an everyday occurrence. However, you can save a lot of money just by knowing when the lowest sale price for an item is most likely to happen. This is especially true for big-ticket items. 

I researched Consumer Reports for the best months to buy things. Consumer Reports is probably the most credible and least biased organization that reviews and rates products. I always check out their recommendations for buying big ticket items and many other things.

From this research, I compiled an annual calendar for The Best Time to Buy Anything. Holidays and annual sales drive many of the best times to purchase some items. For instance, the Consumer Electronics Show in January unveils many new models of electronics, which makes early January a good time to buy TVs, especially if you’re willing to consider older models. January is also known for white sales on bedding and linens.

The best use of the buying calendar is that it allows you to plan purchases, especially for expensive items.

You can get good deals on products at almost any time of the year, so you’ll see some of the same products listed in several months of the year. And clearance sales of some larger items occur several times a year, because retail stores need the space for newer inventory.

You can download your free copy of the 2021 Best Time to Buy Anything annual calendar here:

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